Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2018 National Science Week national and local grant rounds.

Applications for the NT grant rounds have grown significantly on previous years. The array of events in the pipeline for National Science Week in the NT, are getting bigger and better every year. Keep an eye on the National Science Week website for public events during National Science Week as they are confirmed and uploaded.


HealthLAB Goes Remote – Darwin to the Gulf of Carpentaria
Menzies School of Health Research

How good is your health? And how do your lifestyle choices affect the health of your body now, in the future and for the future generations of your family? HealthLAB is a health education clinic on wheels—offering an interactive science education experience that helps people answer these questions. Participants assess their own health in a ‘pop-up’ laboratory, learn about healthy lifestyle choices, and find out about careers in health science-related fields.

During National Science Week 2018, HealthLAB will travel from Darwin to the Tiwi Islands, and across to Nhulunbuy and the East Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala. HealthLAB will be staffed by a range of scientists and health professionals who will educate participants on the science behind the inner workings of their bodies, ways to reduce their risk of chronic disease, and career pathways in science.

Project/event location(s): NT

desertSMART EcoFair
Arid Lands Environment Centre

Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, women in science, science and sustainability on the big screen, and a host of other activities and guests will descend on Alice Springs for the desertSMART EcoFair, Central Australia’s premier science and sustainability event.

In 2018, the desertSMART EcoFair will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary, having connected thousands of locals and tourists with science and sustainability through the event.

Highlights for 2018 include Costa getting dirty with green science in the garden, a BushWok Cookoff with local produce and bushfoods, documentary screenings from the Transitions Film Festival, and the Eco-Science Schools Day for local students.

The program also includes keynote science communicators, desert scientists, renewable energy professionals and health experts in a series of community events.

Project/event location(s): NT

A season of visual theatre based on the MAGNT’s megafauna collection
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

This National Science Week, the Miocene is back on the scene.  Back from the dead and ‘live’: Northern Territory’s ancient megafauna including marsupial lions and tigers, mega-crocs and Dromornis, the biggest bird that ever lived!

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) fossil collection and local stories provide the source material for a show that brings Central Australia’s extinct megafauna to life. MAGNT will work with Barking Spider Visual Theatre to produce a live performance incorporating local stories and voices. A season of public performances and hands-on arts-science workshops will take place at MAGNT in Darwin during National Science Week 2018.

Also the Canberra based project

Southern Skies
Michael Sollis (The Griffyn Ensemble)

Explore Australia’s night skies through music, astronomy and Indigenous science.

Musical sextet The Griffyn Ensemble and astronomer Dr Fred Watson have collaborated to create Southern Sky—a musical composition that explores the Southern Hemisphere’s constellations, and the history of astronomy in Australia. The Griffyn Ensemble will travel to regional communities including Tennant Creek to conduct collaborative workshops with Indigenous artists and communities, exploring Indigenous astronomy. These workshops will inform the development of the work, with subsequent performances in capital cities. These performances will bring together Western and Indigenous understandings of the night sky, told through music and the spoken word.

Project/event location(s): ACT, NSW, NT, WA


For a full listing of all projects go to